Psychological & Social Aspects Of Care
- Mode of study
- Part time
- 15, level 7
- Course code
- Contact details
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- Starting months
- Offered alternate years
This practice based module will enable the student to develop both a theoretical understanding and a practical application of the management of the patient's psycho-social problems within the clinical setting.
This practice-focused module aims to equip practitioners with the skills and knowledge to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the patient with a long term rheumatological/musculoskeletal condition, in terms of their psychological and social functioning. The module will enable the student to develop both a theoretical understanding and a practical application of the management of the patient's psycho-social problems within the clinical setting.
The use of blended learning will be adopted which utilises focused lectures, skills teaching and practice, workshops, online learning along with the student's clinical practice experiences. This multifaceted approach will provide the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills that underpin the assessment and management of psychological and social functioning in long term rheumatological and musculoskeletal conditions.
- To critically evaluate the interplay between psycho-social issues and patient functioning.
- To examine the individual and societal effects on psycho-social well-being.
- For the student to develop assessment and management strategies with respect to psycho-social issues within the clinical environment.
Students who successfully complete this module will be able to:
- Comprehensively understand and critically evaluate the psychological and social characteristics of chronic illness.
- Understand and critically analyse patient / client health behaviour and its implications on the coping strategies exhibited in clinical practice.
- Develop comprehensive, empowering care management strategies to support people presenting with long term conditions experiencing psychological and social problems in clinical practice.
- Critically evaluate different methods of patient education.
This module will include the following elements of knowledge and skills acquisition in relation to psycho-social problems encountered in the care of patients with a long term rheumatological/musculoskeletal condition:
- The assessment and management of psycho-social issues, including depression and sexuality.
- Acquisition of effective assessment skills in the appraisal of the individual, family and societal impact of long term conditions.
- Explore health behaviour, control theory and its implications and application for clinical practice.
- Implementing patient educational provision, content delivery and evaluation.
Teaching and assessment
The principal learning and teaching methods used in the module may include:
- Lectures, seminars and workshops: The core of module delivery mode is a series of tutor-led or group-led seminars or workshops which may be delivered in either a physically present or online format.
- Web-based learning using the Keele Learning Environment (KLE), Blackboard.
- Group work and peer support. All modules use focused group work and class discussions within face to face tutor time
- Directed independent study. Most of the study hours for each module comprise independent learning by expecting participants to add depth and breadth to their knowledge of topics, to practice skills and to reflect on critical incidents and their practice.